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Drew’s Domino Effect

OK, maybe not 30,000 dominoes. 


There has been a recent debate in the sports talk world over whose commitment would be more important, Andrew Wiggins or Drew Barker? For those that believe in Barker, their best supporting argument is the type of players that would commit, following a Pro-UK Barker decision. Here are a few important pieces in the Class of 2014 that could quickly follow Barker to UK.



Matt Elam: 3-Star DT

The 6’6  342 lb Giant from John Hardin is the state’s best prospect behind Barker. His size and skills have attracted the attention from SEC-powerhouses Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, but after “Sweatshirt-Gate” the big boy is in a hot competition between UK and UL. Receiving a commitment from Barker will probably not speed up the DT’s decision, but it can do nothing but help Neal Brown get both the #1 and #2 players in the state to wear blue.


Derek Kief: 4-Star WR

Kief is the marquee receiver that could create a fantastic combo for the Cats after a Barker commitment. Kief already has one UK connection- he is a year younger than his La Salle High School teammate and future UK CB Jaleel Hytchye– to complement the relationship he has developed with Barker and other UK recruits from Ohio. Even with Kentucky connections, the Cats remain a darkhorse when competing with Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Brian Kelly of Notre Dame. Barker could become a key recruiting tool for the Cats to gain the #37 WR in the nation, that towers at 6 ft 5 inches tall while still running a 4.5 40 yard dash.  


darius west

Darius West: 3-Star Safety

Vince Marrow is hot on the Ohio safety’s tail, attempting to keep the highly-touted recruit from pledging his services to the Dirty Birds.  Vanderbilt and West Virginia  are also in consideration, but after visiting UK’s Spring Game it appears that West is now stuck between the Cats and the Cards. West is a player in the mix that Dorian Hendrix subtly mentioned the weekend of Mikel Horton’s commitment, “#BBN we may have a few surprises this weekend but im gonna stay quiet. Just know they’re some of the best in the Midwest Region. #RISE”. Barker’s commitment may be the last piece of convincing evidence for West.


mike edwards

Mike Edwards: 3-Star Safety

Edwards’ recruitment took a strange turn a few weeks back when he planned on making an apparent pro-UK announcement, until his high school coach encouraged him to delay the decision. Since then he has picked up offers from Wisconsin and Ohio, but Kentucky remains in his crosshairs. His mother may be the most important factor in his decision; the good news is that both Edwards and his mother plan on visiting campus in the next few weeks. A high-profile commitment combined with a convinced mother should be enough for Edwards to end his roller coaster recruitment.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Drew’s Domino Effect

  1. Bubba
    5:20 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    IF your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle. IF a frog had wings it wouldn’t hit its ass every time it hops. Worthless post.

  2. Jason
    5:26 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I could of swore that these guy were rated higher than you have listed. If Kentucky needs help landed 3* players than we are more trouble than I thought.

  3. Adam
    5:29 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like he took the lowest rating possible and posted it. Rivals has West as a 4 star. Scout has Edwards, Kief, and Edwards all as 4 stars if I’m not mistaken. All are rated 4 stars by at least rivals or scout.

  4. justin
    5:35 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ratings by ESPN:
    Matt Elam- NR(not rated)
    Derek Keif- 4 star #32 WR in nation
    Darus West- 4 star #19 CB in nation
    Mike Edwards- NR(not rated)

  5. blue914
    5:46 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker an Drew Wiggins. We want both!!

  6. Doo Doo Brown
    5:54 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    If we don’t get Drew Barker does Joker pass Tubby on the most hated coach of all time list?

  7. justin
    5:55 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Yes we want them both Baker and Wiggins but if i had to choose between the 2it would be Drew Barker. Our football team needs more talent to compete in SEC and UK needs to keep all Kentucky talent in-state. Our basketball team will be fine without Wiggins if we didnt get him cause we already have an AMAZING recruiting class.

  8. Bobbum man
    6:00 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    6- pretty sure Billy G would be above tubby on that list

  9. Doo Doo Brown
    6:07 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    8. Tubby is easily #1, Joker is easily #2. Sutton is ahead of Gillispie too.

  10. Guru
    6:08 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    Barker is USC bound. Book it.

  11. Jpo
    6:17 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    9. How on earth is tubby worse than billy

  12. Get Real
    6:32 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    7. Barker has a 50% chance of being a bust and having zero impact at UK. Wiggins has a 50% chance of becoming an iconic figure in basketball. A guy like Wiggins comes along once a decade, guy like Baker come along by the dozens every year.

  13. Justin
    10:00 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    12-That is a good point that Barker has a chance to be a bust and that Wiggins is gonna be a star.

  14. Connercougarfan
    10:31 pm May 8, 2013 Permalink

    I have seen Drew play since peewee football. My daughter goes to Conner, and we know him and his family. Nobody knows exactly where he’s ultimately going to go. I can say that most of us in NKY will be surprised if its not South Carolina. Spurrier has been with Drew since the beginning of the recruiting process. God love Stoops and all of his efforts and I hope that I am wrong. I do believe that UK has done a great job in turning his mind back towards KY. Had Joker just talked to Drew and his family, this would’ve been a slam dunk for the cats as he and his dad are huge UK fans. As far as what kids in the school are saying, some believe he’s already picked the Cats and others say South Carolina has it in the bag. Whatever he decides, the Cougar Pride will support him and follow his career with hope and pride.